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Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions promote women's issues awareness

Guests include Athens state rep and Miss Black Ohio

The Ohio University Women's Center hosts Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions to promote awareness about women while empowering the University community.

This quarter's brown bag schedule will feature eight different lunchtime sessions. Each session serves as an open forum where guests are invited to lead discussions on issues of women, gender, equity and feminism.

"The sessions … are led by professors, faculty and community members on topics that are dear to them," said Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women's Center. "We really love having community activists doing presentations for us."
On Jan. 26, the Women's Center will host its second brown bag session of the quarter with State Rep. (D-Athens) Debbie Phillips, presenting "A Girlfriend's Guide to Activism." She will talk about her experiences as a woman in the state legislature and will open the floor for questions from the community.

Other scheduled brown bag sessions include "Safer Births and Healthier Babies" with guest speaker Lucy Jeudes, childbirth educator, on Thursday, Feb. 2. She will discuss how to improve maternal health during pregnancy and ways to ensure a healthy newborn.

Winter quarter also includes a special brown bag session on Friday, Feb. 3, with Ohio University student Kayla Hardimon, the reigning Miss Black Ohio. On Thursday, Feb. 16, Nicole Reynolds from the Department of English will present her writings on feminism and suicide.

"These presentations range from the formal conference paper to the more informal chat," Dietzel said. "There is no pressure on individuals except to engage their audience and the audience's questions."

All brown bag sessions take place at noon in the Women's Center in Baker University Center, Room 403. For a complete list of this quarter's calendar events, click here.